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3D Modeling & Content Creation / RedMatch 2 & Outline & Papercraft Effect
« Last post by kat on Yesterday at 06:27:10 PM »

Took a look at a game on Steam called RedMatch 2 (not an indorsement BTW), a stripped-down PvP online multiplayer (players can create their own password locked games which is nice).

Anywho, the game uses Unity's default 'capsules' as the player and are introduced in the title background image styled with a toon outline, with a further 'paper' outline a-la paper-Mario (see below). In game the players are basically the raw capsules minus these outlines, which got the grey matter thinking, "how would that be done without post-processing?".

Players are introduced to the user styled with a 'toon' and 'paper' outline.

Ordinarily it might be possible to use a billboard to achieve this effect, a flat plain that's shaped to fit the player that's always orientated towards the camera, but this only work axially, that is when players are all on the same level/plain (height from the ground), as soon as this changes, i.e. jumping or looking down on the scene from above, the perspective changes and the outline effects 'breaks' because the capsule is misaligned, the shape no longer 'fits' the elevated or depressed perspective of the player.

Simulated in Blender, from a higher elevation the 'outline' effect aligns to the camera but are no longer shaped correctly relative to the scene.

The cheap solution to the effect is duplicate the capsule, apply the appropriate material, invert the mesh and enable 'backface culling'. This allows the effect to properly 'track' with the player, from all angles, because the duplicate capsules are the same shape, the effect itself then dependant only on 'two-sided' mesh display being disabled so the inside of the objects are visible (meshes are inverted).

Exact duplicates of the player capsule are inverted and assigned appropriate materials, which display as outlines from all angles.

For greater affect, and to replicate a 'papercraft' style appearance, each outline mesh can be shaped and distorted, but care needs to be taken not to reshape too much to avoid directional clipping; part of one outline occluding the other due to the angle-of-incidence between them and the viewport camera.

Each 'outline' mesh is shaped and deformed to randomise their appearance, replicating the 'papercraft' visual style.
Guest Posts & Articles / 9 Casino Games with the Biggest RTP (18+)
« Last post by kat on June 02, 2023, 10:52:33 AM »

9 Casino Games with the Biggest RTP

[courtesy source]

Choosing casino games with high Return to Player (RTP) percentages is one of the best ways to maximise your chances of winning. Why? Because RTP describes the total percentage of cash paid back to players, relative to the total amount paid to play.

Looking for a BTC casino with a huge range of high RTP games? From classic table games to werewolf-themed slots, Bitcasino, offers high RTP games across a variety of categories. And yes, you can use Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies to play them all. Here's a closer look at some of the best high RTP games offered on the platform.

21 Burn Blackjack - 99.5%

With a huge RTP of 99.5%, 21 Burn Blackjack is one of our top picks. The game puts a unique spin on traditional blackjack and offers you the option to make a wager and 'burn' your second card in exchange for a random card.

Baccarat 3D - 98.94%

Fun, fast and low volatility, Baccarat 3D is one of the best online casino games with high RTP. Payback of 98.94% puts cash back into the hands of players and increases your chances of getting in the green. The three-dimensional format mimics the experience of playing the classic table game in real life.

Highway Fortune - 97.97%

Created by the legends at Spadegaming, Highway Fortune is a high payout slot game with a generous RTP of 97.97%. Graphics are simple and colourful, with lots of bonus features and symbols to keep things interesting.

Orbs Of Atlantis

Of all the online casino games developed by Habanero, Orbs of Atlantis offers one of the highest payback percentages. Submerge yourself in an underwater world and enjoy RTP of 97.93%.

Fire Lightning - 97.61%

Fire Lightning puts you face-to-face with six Greek Gods of War, each with their own formidable powers. Take them on and enjoy a massive RTP of 97.61%.

Spin Stone - 97.32%

Travel back in time to the Stone Age and win big in this medium volatility slot game. The fun and colourful prehistoric theme is what sets this online casino game apart from the crowd. Not to mention the huge 97.32% RTP.

Lucky Koi - 97.25%

From fish and frogs to butterflies and dragonflies, Lucky Koi dazzles players with beautiful, Asian-inspired graphics. A sensational RTP of 97.25% increases your chances of a bigtime bankroll on this hugely popular slot game.

Brothers Kingdom - 97.2%

Brothers Kingdom is right up there as one of the best online casino games with high RTP. The action unfolds in the Han Dynasty, when the government is under threat from the Yellow Scarves Rebellion. Spin your way to victory and enjoy a huge RTP of 97.2%.

Rise of Werewolves - 97.19%

Rise of Werewolves puts a fantasy spin on traditional slot games. As the blue moon rises, Knights of the Kingdom unite to protect the town from rabid werewolves. If you're looking for a high TRP slot game that's dark and mysterious, you'll love Rise of Werewolves.

Whether you prefer slots or table games, there's always a chance to win big with high RTP games at Bitcasino.

News / Toolkit - Clothing using Cloth Simulation in Blender
« Last post by kat on May 30, 2023, 11:04:44 AM »

"Toolkit - Clothing using Cloth Simulation" https://www.katsbits.com/codex/toolkit-cloth-simulation/ taking a look at using cloth physics/cloth simulation and the IMVU Toolkit for Blender to make clothing. Examples available.
Blog / Astroturfing 'stand with women in gaming' #NoRoomForAbuse
« Last post by kat on May 30, 2023, 10:13:36 AM »
The 'politics in/of gaming' legacy in three images.

Sky tweet
Image #1 (above) : Sky Inc. is running a new campaign raising awareness of the abuse women and girls face online. The tweet includes a video of a gaming rig in the middle of a room with white, partially transparent, walls. Men's blurred silhouettes can be seen pushing against the walls while the voices of men can be heard reading abusive comments. The intent is to show "what it's really like to be a women in gaming"[1]. For more information the reader is directed to their profile (because they can't link from within a tweet?).

Sky's Twitter profile with disguised link
Image #2 (above) : their Twitter profile repeats some of the tweets content with a link to .find out more, and based on the URL text partially obscured it can be assumed it has something to do with the #NoRoomForAbuse campaign (i.e. Sky.com/broadband/noro... should be Sky.com/broadband/noro[oomforabuse]?).

Sky upselling broadband on the back of online abuse
Image #3 (above) : click that link however, and the visitor is taken to a page on sky.com (sky.com/broadband?DCMP=DMC-OCT10_Broadband_SK_broadband/noroomforabuse) upselling their broadband. Just to be clear, in case it isn't, sky is using online abuse as an avenue to upsell their broadband services, and are likely 'donating' to the #noroomforabuse cause to do so.

What, too, does that say about The Cybersmile Foundation lending their voice and credibility (for whatever that is) to Sky (https://www.cybersmile.org/news/cybersmile-sky-broadband-and-guild-esports-team-up-to-tackle-abuse-of-women-gamers) to enable this form of, what can only be described as, astroturfing (again) [2], to an issue they claims to be of serious concern, all for, probably, a large donation (likely in kind through exposure/reach across Sky's platform).

The cynic might say 'politics' being coercively injected into gaming and online life was never about gaming and online life, and always about money, power and influence, and you're a [pejorative] if you notice or point that out.

1: the reality of "what's it's like to be a women in gaming" is that 50+% of online abuse is perpetrated by women - given how little study has been directed at the type/sort of abuse women and girls perpetrate, that number may very well but much larger, and considering the research that has been done, that men and boys are more likely to receive abuse online, is always framed as "and who is doing that but men and boys".

2: other examples of astroturfing significant campaigns; "Article 13, YouTube (BigTech) & #SaveYourInternet astroturfing" (2018) and "Article 11 ss 15, Article 13 ss 17, EU Copyright Apr 2019 (provisional)" (2019)
News / IMPORTANT: IMVU 'Pay to be Paid' Update
« Last post by kat on May 29, 2023, 11:16:01 AM »

Important changes to the IMVU Creator Program.

Per the image above, IMVU has brought in a change that means ALL Creator accounts will need to be subscribed to VIP if they are part of the Royalty Program and wish to continue receiving pay-outs. This includes Grandfather accounts (Legacy Accounts). Legacy VIP accounts similarly need to be subscribed to the newer VIP program if they wish to continue receiving Royalty pay-outs..

Current valid VIP subscriptions needed to receive pay-outs are; Platinum ($9.99/mo) and Diamond ($19.99/mo) VIP.
News / Toolkit Clothing Basics in Blender
« Last post by kat on May 20, 2023, 04:47:44 PM »

"Toolkit - Clothing" https://www.katsbits.com/codex/toolkit-clothing/ taking a look at some IMVU clothing basics using the IMVU Toolkit for Blender.
Guest Posts & Articles / What Role Does Database Play In Mobile App Development?
« Last post by kat on May 06, 2023, 03:09:49 PM »
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News / Paint Minecraft Skins in Blender
« Last post by kat on May 06, 2023, 09:39:13 AM »

"Paint Minecraft Skins in Blender" https://www.katsbits.com/codex/paint-minecraft-skins/ paint Minecraft player skins using Texture Paint in Blender. Source available.
News / Make A Minecraft Character in Blender
« Last post by kat on May 02, 2023, 05:41:19 PM »

"Make A Minecraft Character in Blender" https://www.katsbits.com/codex/minecraft-blender/ - taking a look at making a simple Minecraft style, rigged and animatable, player character in Blender. Source available.
News / Orphan Data (Delete/Remove Unused Data)
« Last post by kat on April 30, 2023, 03:20:02 PM »

"Orphan Data (Delete/Remove Unused Data)" https://www.katsbits.com/codex/orphan-data/ deleting stubborn (orphaned) data from Blender files and projects.